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How much alcohol are you really drinking?

Posted by Nutrition Professionals Australia on 26 February 2015
How much alcohol are you really drinking?

Whe you come home from work do you relax with a glass or 2 of wine or a couple of beers? Do you have a few more when you go out with friends? Did you know that the 2 to 3 drinks that you are taking regularly might actually be 4 to 6? Some of the glasses we use are larger than a standard drink!

A standard drink will provide 10g of alcohol:

A pint (425ml) of light beer
285ml* of regular beer
A small glass (100ml) of wine 
A glass of fortified wine port or sherry (60ml)
A nip (30ml) of spirits or liqueurs

The names for a glass of beer vary accross the country. A 285ml beer is referred to as a pot in Victoria, a middy in New South Wales, the ACT and Western Australia, a schooner in South Australia and a handle in the Northern Territory.

The NH&MRC recommends no more than 2 standard drinks per day and no more than 4 on any one day. How does your consumption stack up?

The NH&MRC  has some more detailed lists about the alcohol content of a whole variety of drinks including some of the popular mixes. You might be surprised!

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